1/ 242 Toorak Road
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
“Sometimes as a blogger, you can’t help but get into a slump. Where is exciting anymore? Where can I find something a bit different? There are so many new places with hype – what’s real and what’s lip service? After a recent brunch at Lemon, Middle & Orange with my friend Sonika, we started talking about brunch and what’s on our hit list – or more accurately, on her hit list. After going through a number of cafes, one in particular stood out for me and I went immediately the next day to give it a go – Tom, Dick & Harry‘s in South Yarra.
Tom, Dick & Harry is located on Toorak Road in South Yarra with a busy pedestrian footpath and limited (narrow) outdoor bench space that is very close to the road. This is of course perfectly comfortable if you are coming here without a pup, but in my case, I felt a bit crowded. If you do take the outdoor option, the coffee takeaway window offers some respite with gorgeous pug-stamped coffee mugs looking out at you.
Inside is a different story though. The cafe is narrow at first, opening up from bench-style seating into tables for small groups in the back of the venue. There is a beautiful window of pre-made goodies, including a beautiful chia breakfast cup topped with fresh fruit and sandwiches for those looking for something fast. During the week, this cabinet is filled with 6-8 different vegetarian and gluten free salads for those working nearby, with the option of adding some chicken or salmon for sustenance, as well as dressing.
The brunch menu at Tom, Dick & Harry is small with only 3 options for brunch, encouraging diners to create their own. I must admit that I was excited by the concept of Dick’s roasted pork belly with stick chilli caramel sauce on smashed roasted rosemary pumpkin & potatoes, eggs topped with a watercress apple salad [$20.50], but apparently so was everyone else, as they were sold out by midday! I instead opted for the Smashed avocado on chia seed toast, quinoa super grain salad of raw greens, feta, corn, currents, fresh herbs, seeds & smokes almonds [$17.50] add egg [$21.50].
The coffee here is by Illy, a brand I have kept away from for quite a while. Not because there is anything wrong with the bean, but because traditional Italian coffees are typically bitter and ashy – a flavour profile which I dislike. My Illy coffee here, however, was quite different to what I was expecting. It was a gentle, mild coffee that was easy to drink. I thought it was cute that they coffees were served with a little biscotti.
The service was relatively quick and when my brunch came out I was excited. It was so beautifully plated! Edible flowers and pomegranate seeds added a gorgeous burst of colour, and the super grains salad was a great twist to a traditional smashed avocado. My salad was a fresh and allowed all the ingredients do the talking; the feta added natural saltiness and creaminess, whilst the sunflower seeds added a beautiful earthy flavour as well a great crunch. The smashed avocado itself was fresh and delightful, without any obvious twist of lemon. The egg was well-poached, oozing out orange yolky goodness that created a natural sweetness to the dish. This was probably the best smashed avocado I have had to date – and I have had a lot of them! This dish truly celebrates fresh produce and healthy eating.
For dessert I shared a nutella & cherry ripe muffin [~$5]. It was delicious! I didn’t really need it after such a great brunch, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t one of the reasons why I came to this cafe. The inside of the muffin was generously sprayed with little bits of chocolate, making this delicious all the way through.
I really enjoyed Tom, Dick & Harry cafe. I thought it was cute, casual and fun. If you’re a smashed avocado fan then this is the cafe for you.”
Final thought: “Killer avocado on toast”